Dr Evil beats Mugabe every time

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Robert Mugabe (left) and Teodoro Obiang Nguema. Photo / AP

Robert Mugabe (left) and Teodoro Obiang Nguema. Photo / AP

The New Zealand Herald: nzherald.co.nz
Wednesday July 02, 2008
5:47PM NZT

Dr Evil beats Mugabe every time
By Tracey Barnett

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Just when you think Robbie Mugabe is stealing the Wicked Witch of the West's best lines lately, I can do you one evil do-er better. I'll bet a fiver that you've never even heard of him.

Mugabe may win for the best baddie this week, but nobody says a peep about the bundle of joy who truly deserves the title of Africa's worst leader, hands down.

Meet Teodoro Obiang Nguema, the resident dictator of Equatorial Guinea.

His credentials? Obiang seized power in 1979 by killing his own uncle, a man who was even creepier than the current "democratically elected" despot. Uncle Francisco Macias Nguema broke away from Spain and declared independence in 1968.

Quite the darling, Nguema had a habit of sticking his enemy's heads on a pole and parading them through the streets. One third of the population died or fled.

Those opponents who unhappily remained were greeted by torture in the sports stadium on his birthday while the song Those Were the Days drowned out their screams.

Nguema taught his nephew well. When the tyrant-in-waiting caught his uncle trying to flee into the jungle with a suitcase of foreign cash, Obiang put his elder on trial in a cage suspended above 1500 spectators in a rundown cinema, then sentenced him to death 101 times. Obviously, 100 times didn't do the job.

Obiang grabbed his uncle's extensive collection of skulls …

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